ET Baseball: Baker, Gideon named preseason All-Americans
Feb. 24, 2013 at 10 p.m.
Hallsville's Ronnie Gideon and Carlisle's Gunner Baker, no strangers to postseason awards, earned some pretty lofty preseason honors recently with the release of the annual Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All-American Baseball Team.
Gideon, who has already signed with Texas A&M, was a first team infielder on the elite team. Baker, who has inked with Hill College, was an honorable mention multi-position athlete.
This is the 17th year for Louisville Slugger to sponsor the High School All-American Team, which is selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Gideon earned district MVP honors as a junior in 2012, and is a three-time News-Journal All-East Texas selection - including being named Newcomer of the Year in 2010 and overall MVP in 2011. He has also earned all-state honors from the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and Texas Sports Writers Association following each of the past two seasons.
Gideon has 18 home runs, 28 doubles, five triples and 112 RBIs while going 7-3 on the mound with 68 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched in three varsity seasons for the Bobcats.
He hit .374 as a junior with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 43 RBis while scoring 38 runs and swiping 6 of 6 bases.
He was a .469 hitter as a sophomore in 2011 with 11 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 50 RBIs after hitting .264 with two home runs, six doubles and 19 RBIs as a freshman in 2010.
Baker, with two wins already this season, is 41-4 on the mound in three varsity seasons. At the plate, he has never hit under .523 in a season and has 12 home runs, 18 triples, 39 doubles and 149 RBIs.
As a freshman, Baker hit .600 with six home runs, seven triples, 20 doubles and 47 RBIs while ging 12-0 on the mound with 96 strikeouts and a 1.10 earned run average. He followed that up as a sophomore by going 13-3 on the hill with 160 strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA and a .559 average, three home runs, three triples, 12 doubles and 53 RBIs.
Baker was the News-Journal's All-East Texas MVP following his junior season in 2012 after leading Carlisle to its first state tournament berth. He was 14-1 on the mound with a 0.24 ERA, 157 strikeouts and 39 walks in 85.1 innings pitched while hitting .523 with three home runs, eight triples, seven doubles, 49 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 37 stolen bases in 37 attempts.